An arrest has been made in relation to the murder of Julia James.

The 53-year-old serving Police Community Support Officer for Kent Police was found dead next to Akholt Wood in Snowdown at around 4pm on April 27.

A murder investigation was launched and on Friday officers arrested a man in his 20s from the Canterbury area.

He was arrested at 9.30pm on Friday evening and remains in custody.

Julia had been working from home before taking her dog, Toby, for a walk in the Aylesham Road area on the day she was found dead.

A post-mortem revealed she died from significant head injuries.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards from Kent Police said: "We continue to urge anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, to contact us.

"She was so naturally funny with a brilliant sense of humour," her family said in a statement
"She was so naturally funny with a brilliant sense of humour," her family said in a statement

"If you were in the Snowdown area between 1pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday 27 April please contact us.

"This includes anyone local who may have seen something out of place at the time, or who came across someone who made them feel uneasy - such as feeling compelled to cross the road or change the route they were walking."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526. Witnesses and anyone with any other information, CCTV or dashcam footage are also asked to submit details online via this link.

You can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, or by using the online form.

Crimestoppers has offered a reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads to her killer being convicted.

Earlier this week, police issued an image of the PCSO in the clothes she was wearing before she was killed.

PCSO Julia James, 53, was found dead near Akholt Wood on April 27
PCSO Julia James, 53, was found dead near Akholt Wood on April 27

The picture showed Ms James walking her Jack Russell while wearing a light blue waterproof coat, blue jeans and dark Wellington-style brown boots.

"There are no words to adequately describe the void left in our lives," her family said in a statement.

"She was so naturally funny with a brilliant sense of humour," they added.

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Her family said they were "trying to understand how we will navigate our lives without her," adding: "It seems an impossible task."

She was a "fiercely loyal" wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and friend, who "loved with her whole heart," her family said.

"Nothing was too much trouble for the people she cared about," the statement added.